Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Aristotle on Individuals Grasping the Truth

Aristotle said essentially the same thing I attempted to express in my previous post:

While no one person can grasp truth adequately, we cannot all fail in the attempt. Each thinker makes some statement about nature, and as an individual contributes little or nothing to the inquiry. But the combination of all the conjectures results in something big. It is only fair to be grateful not only to those whose views we can share, but also to those who have gone pretty far wrong in their guesses. They too have contributed something: by their preliminary work they have helped to form our scientific way of thinking.
(Metaphysics Alpha Minor, ch. I: 993b 1-4 as quoted by Randall, John, Aristotle, p. 53)

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